Jeopardy Scandal !!!!!!!!!!!!!


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By:  john-russell  •  2 years ago  •  14 comments

Jeopardy Scandal  !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike Richards , the announced new permanent host of the TV game show Jeopardy , is stepping down, after a couple scandals have called his judgement and integrity into question. 

Richards, one of the show's former executive producers, was selected earlier this month to replace longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who died last year. His hiring was immediately controversial and was accompanied by the resurfacing of his alleged past controversial remarks and behavior—eventually prompting Richards to issue a public apology. The ADL dismissed Richards' apology on Thursday, while arguing that the host's "pattern" of behavior demanded an investigation.

"New 'Jeopardy!' host Mike Richards' disparaging remarks about Jews, women & Asians are no laughing matter," the ADL tweeted alongside a link to a Washington Post article on a report that website The Ringer published on Wednesday. "Stereotyping is an entry point to hate and his apology lacks acknowledgment of its harm. This reported pattern warrants an investigation."

New 'Jeopardy!' Host Mike Richards Should Be Investigated for Offensive Comments, ADL Says (

Richards was also accused of "rigging" the process that led to him being chosen as the new host.  Jeopardy has said now that they will go back to rotating guest hosts until another new permanent host is selected. 


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Professor Principal
1  author  JohnRussell    2 years ago   /news/mike-richards-jeopardy-sexist-insensitive-remarks/

New "Jeopardy!" host Mike Richards under fire as past sexist and insensitive remarks resurface

Caitlin Caitlin 6-7 minutes   8/19/2021

August 19, 2021 / 1:21 PM   / CBS News

New "Jeopardy!" host Mike Richards has come under fire for sexist, antisemitic and racist comments he made on a podcast that recently resurfaced. Richards, who is also executive producer of "Jeopardy!" was also a defendant in a discrimination complaint during his time as the executive producer of "The Price is Right."

Richards made the inappropriate comments on his podcast "The Randumb Show," which he hosted from 2013 to 2014. All 41 episodes, which were available online until Tuesday, were   reviewed by The Ringer,   which found Richards made several inappropriate comments to his co-host and assistant on the show.

On an episode following a massive iCloud hack in 2014, in which intimate photos of famous actresses were leaked, Richards ask the two women if they had ever taken nude photos. He then prodded for more, asking his cohost to go through her phone and show him an image, The Ringer reports. 

miker.jpg 2x" > According to a review of his podcast, Mike Richards used several insensitive terms and slurs, including derogatory terms for little people and those with an intellectual disability and calling women fat. He also has made insensitive remarks about Jewish people.    Sony Pictures/"Jeopardy!"

According to report, written by Claire McNear, Richards used several insensitive terms and slurs, including derogatory terms for little people and those with an intellectual disability and calling women fat. He also has made insensitive remarks about Jewish people. 

When his cohost, Beth Triffon, discussed problems at her apartment, Richards asked: "Does Beth live, like, in Haiti? Doesn't it sound like that? Like, the urine smell, the woman in the muumuu, the stray cats." 

When Triffon mentioned losing her job and qualifying for unemployment insurance benefits, Richards said: "The dangerous side about the crack that you just took is that not everyone is like you. But everyone can collect unemployment, which is why we have so many people on unemployment right now. Which is why we have so many people on food stamps. Because what if you got unemployment and food stamps? You'd be like, 'Good lord, I'm making—.' You know what I'm saying?"

He also criticized Triffon for giving a dollar to a homeless woman, saying the woman would use it to buy crack or meth, according to   The Ringer,   which included several audio examples in their reporting.

In a statement to CBS News, Richards said: "It is humbling to confront a terribly embarrassing moment of misjudgment, thoughtlessness, and insensitivity from nearly a decade ago."

"Looking back now, there is no excuse, of course, for the comments I made on this podcast and I am deeply sorry," he said. "The podcast was intended to be a series of irreverent conversations between longtime friends who had a history of joking around. Even with the passage of time, it's more than clear that my attempts to be funny and provocative were not acceptable, and I have removed the episodes.

"My responsibilities today as a father, husband, and a public personality who speaks to many people through my role on television means I have substantial and serious obligations as a role model, and I intend to live up to them," Richards said. 

Richards was also involved in a discrimination law suit brought by a "Price Is Right" model. In 2010, Brandi Cochran accused Richards of firing her because she had become pregnant.

The   complaint alleges   that after several models had been fired and Cochran told Richards about her pregnancy, he allegedly said: "Go figure! I fire five girls ... what are the odds?'" Cochran thought Richards meant he "would have selected her for layoff if he had known that she was going to get pregnant." After she gave birth, she found out her contract was terminated.

Another model on the show also filed a suit alleging she was wrongfully terminated and subject to harassment at work. According to   Variety , Richards was dismissed and the suit was settled out of court in 2013.

In regards to the lawsuits, which were recently resurfaced by several media outlets, Richards sent a note to "Jeopardy!" staff, provided to CBS News by Sony Pictures. 

"I want to address the complicated employment issues raised in the press during my time at The Price is Right ten years ago," Richards said in the note, which was sent out when it was rumored he would be named host of the show. "These were allegations made in employment disputes against the show. I want you all to know that the way in which my comments and actions have been characterized in these complaints does not reflect the reality of who I am or how we worked together on The Price is Right."

"I know firsthand how special it is to be a parent. It is the most important thing in the world to me. I would not say anything to disrespect anyone's pregnancy and have always supported my colleagues on their parenting journeys," he said. 

Earlier this month, Sony Pictures  announced   Richards was named full-time host of "Jeopardy!" and actress Mayim Bialik will serve as host of primetime and spinoff series.

The Ringer interviewed several people with connections to Sony Pictures, "Jeopardy!" and past shows Richards worked on, "The Price Is Right" and "Let's Make a Deal."

One source said employees were blindsided by the choice to make Richards host of "Jeopardy!" after longtime host   Alex Trebek   died. Others depicted Richards as "exclusionary and dismissive of longtime show employees," The Ringer reports. 

Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 years ago

You would think that Mr Trebek would have been aware of this and maneuvered to have him fired as producer of the show.

They already chose Mayim Balik as a special guest host...give her the full time job

Professor Principal
1.1.1  author  JohnRussell  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1    2 years ago
They already chose Mayim Balik as a special guest host...give her the full time job

I agree and I think she would take it

Professor Quiet
1.1.2  Ozzwald  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1    2 years ago

They already chose Mayim Balik as a special guest host...give her the full time job

Or at least move her up to the position and hire someone (LeVar) to replace her.

Professor Guide
1.1.3  Tacos!  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1    2 years ago

I don’t think she can do it full time. She still has a reasonably busy acting schedule.

Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
1.1.4  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tacos! @1.1.3    2 years ago

What is she acting on now? I thought The Big Bang Theory had its final season?

I don't watch network TV so please pardon my ignorance

Professor Guide
1.1.5  Tacos!  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1.4    2 years ago

She’s doing a thing on Fox called “Call Me Kat.” I haven’t watched it, but she’s the star and it’s been renewed for another season.

Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
1.1.6  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tacos! @1.1.5    2 years ago

Thanks for the information.

Maybe LeVar Burton is available for full time host. I liked him a lot. Then there was that handsome football player. Can't remember his name. Liked him a lot, too

Professor Guide
1.1.7  Tacos!  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1.6    2 years ago

I mean, people love LeVar, right? I hear he was a little nervous, but I think also he would still like to do it.

Professor Quiet
1.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 years ago

Mayim Bialik was the much better suited choice to host the show.  Hope she is the new permanent host. Richards should never have been chosen to begin with. Glad to see this happen.

Professor Principal
2  author  JohnRussell    2 years ago

I think his trying to rig the selection process so he would be chosen ( he took the spot of another candidate as guest host of the show in a somewhat dishonest way)  is more serious than  the un pc jokes, although it would not be a good look for Jeopardy to have a host with baggage about offensive comments either. 

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Professor Principal
3  Just Jim NC TttH    2 years ago

"On August 11, “Jeopardy!” announced that Mike Richards would take the helm alongside “The Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik. There was a fair amount of pushback among fans in the immediate wake of the decision. Initially, it was mostly because he was an executive producer on the show and was involved in its selection process."

Hope she does get the job. She was really good in that spot. Of course there were others too but since she was going to be "along side" Richard so perhaps she's in.,of%20Alex%20Trebek%E2%80%99s%20replacements%20on%20%E2%80%9CJeopardy%21%E2%80%9D%20is%20out.

Professor Guide
4  Tacos!    2 years ago

I don’t understand how the game show people could go through what seems like a pretty thorough process and miss this. Then, they announce him and it’s practically common knowledge.

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5  MonsterMash    2 years ago

Anyone but Charlie Manson eyes Ken Jennings


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